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Women’s Track Finishes Second at NEWMAC Meet

Impressive Performances in Several Events Help Track and Field Team to 11-2 Regular-Season Record

By Adeline Kuo

TEAM CO-CAPTAIN

This past Saturday, the women’s track team once again exhibited strength at the NEWMAC championships, as MIT (132.5) took second to Wheaton (247.5) and defeated Springfield (107), Mt. Holyoke (88), WPI (66.5), Coast Guard (62.5), Smith (51), and Babson (18), for a regular season finish of 11 wins and 2 losses.

First on the track was the 10K, where Melanie L. Harris ’01 led MIT to a third place finish in a personal record and New England Division III Championship qualifying time of 42:09.25.

Julie M. Pinkston ’04 followed in fifth, running a personal record time of 48:08.00. Right behind Pinkston were Kathryn S. Wasserman ’04 and Grace Nam ’01. Wasserman and Nam both finished in personal record times of 49:54.23 and 52:28.03 respectively.

Following the 10K was the 5K, where Marissa L. Yates ’03 took sixth place in a personal record time of 20:17.88. The 10K and 5K distance events contributed 18 points to MIT’s scoring.

MIT also racked up the team points in the 1500-meter. Frosh distance star Martha W. Buckley ’04 took fourth in a personal record and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference qualifying time of 4:58.68. Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 took seventh with 5:19.40.

Both Buckley and Perlmutter returned in the 3000-meter, along with Kathleen R. Huffman ’04, where Buckley won in a personal record and ECAC qualifying time of 10:47.57. Huffman and Perlmutter also set personal record with their respective fourth place finish in 11:37.43 and fifth in 11:53.98.

MIT had two outstanding sixth place finishes in the dash and hurdles, both in ECAC qualifying times. In the 100-meter dash, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 took nearly half a second off her personal record, running in 12.90 seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles, Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 also knocked down her time significantly for a 17.00-second personal record.

The 800-meter runners also dazzled the fans. Chi-An Wang ’01 ran an excellent second place effort in an ECAC qualifying time of 2:20.80. Sarah E. Cotton ’04, running in the unseeded heat, blew away her competitors to take sixth in a rookie record time of 2:27.45.

In the jumps, Nyenke once again exhibited her great talents in the triple jump, as she leaped to a second place finish for a distance of 34’10 1/4”.

In the long jump, despite suffering from injuries, Clarissa Y. Smith ’04 was able to fly to an eighth place finish with a 15’ 3/4” leap. Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 soared to a 4’9” high jump and seventh place finish. Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 pole vaulted 8’6” to finish in fifth despite having a dozen stitches in her leg.

The MIT throwers also made an outstanding contribution to MIT’s finish. Princess Imoukhuede ’02 led the team with first place finishes in both the hammer and the discus, and a 2nd place finish in the shotput. Her hammer and shotput throws earned her a trip to the All New Englands Championships, while her personal record in the discus qualified her for ECACs.

Monica F. Morrison ’04 placed 4th as she threw a significant personal record with a throw or 115’ 3”. Morrison’s throw was just 1.5 feet short of the rookie record. Close behind Morrison was Janine Buseman-Williams ’01. Miquela C. Vigil ’03 also gave outstanding performances for the day by taking eighth in the shotput and claiming fourth in the discuss in a personal record throw of 99’ 10”.

The 4x100m relay, consisting of Kuo, Melanie A. Miller ’04, Nyenke, and Smith, placed third, very close behind Springfield. To end the meet, the 4x400m relay with Kuo, Wang, Cotton, and Huffman finished in fifth.